A GOP push to end pork barrel spending has resulting in a steep fall in earmarks in the 2011 spending bills being drafted in the House.
The amount of earmarked money is down by roughly 40 percent in three 2011 appropriations bills in the House compared to last year’s bills, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense reported by The Hill.
Taxpayers for Common Sense say much of the decline is due to the House Republicans’ one-year moratorium on earmarks. All but three of the 178 House GOP members have agreed to refrain from earmarking this year.
Bills drafted by the committee so far this year included $740 million in earmarks, the provisions lawmakers insert in spending bills to steer money to specific projects.
The 2010 versions of the bills funding military construction and the departments of Veterans Affairs, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Homeland Security included $1.27 billion in earmarks. A total of $10 billion in disclosed earmarks were included in all spending bills for 2010.
Republicans, including members of the Appropriations Committee that have earmarked in the past, said limiting earmarks bolsters their argument that spending should be cut to reduce the federal deficit, which is expected to reach $1.5 trillion this year.
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